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Color Knitting the Easy Way: Essential Techniques, Perfect Palettes, and Fresh Designs Using Just One Color at a Time Paperback – April 27, 2010
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The first part of the book is about understanding color. She talks about color theory including hue, value, saturation, tone, tint and shade. The book is illustrated with several color wheels to demonstrate what she is talking about. She then goes into selecting and combining colors: monochromatic combinations, two-color combinations, three-color combinations, four-color combinations, five-color combinations and six color combinations.
Chapter two is on mastering color knitting techniques using stripes. She discusses knitting in the round, dealing with yarn tails, weaving in to finish and color play. She offers a dictionary of stitch patterns using different techniques that are samples of what can be accomplished by color combinations. Chapter three is on creating color patterns using slip stitches. In this chapter she also offers a wide diversity of knitting stitch patterns. The book also provides several patterns for knitters. The last chapter is on techniques.
I wasn't knocked out by a lot of the patterns though some of them are nice. What is special about this book is the color theory information that will be helpful to any intermediate or advanced knitter who wants to learn more about knitting with color. The stitch dictionary is also useful. I suggest you check out The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe.
That's right. Not intarsia. Not fair isle. Instead, this book is about adding color to your knitting with stripes and slip stitches.
The book starts with basic color analysis-a look at color analysis, hues and values, how to judge which colors go together and which don't-all very thorough. My only complaint in this section is that when discussing the relationships of certain colors, the illustration will "dim" the other colors in the wheel so you focus on the colors they want you to look at. Except, the dimmed colors aren't quite transparent enough, so the colors I was supposed to be looking at weren't as obvious as they could have been. It took a little work to focus on the relevant colors. But, really, that's not that important. The writing, the techniques, the analysis are all useful stuff.
The other two main sections of the book talk about adding color by using stripes, or by doing slip-stitch/mosaic colorwork. Both sections are split into three, basic sections-basic instructions, stitch patterns, and project patterns.
This is ideal, to my mind. Nothing makes me happier than knowing WHY I'm doing something, and having the author go to the trouble of not only explainining each technique to me, and then sharing an assortment of stitch patterns for me to play with, and THEN giving me actual patterns to knit? Well, it's like heaven. You can skip over the explanatory stuff if you're in a rush to get to the patterns, or you can skip the patterns while making up your own from the handy stitch collections. It's your choice ... and I love having choices.
The only downside to this book, in my opinion, is that it doesn't address Fair Isle or intarsia, or other stranded knitting, at all, and I was really hoping for that. Granted, it didn't promise to do so, but I thought it would be included in a book on color knitting.
I haven't tried any of the patterns in here, but I suspect I may end up using this book more for reference than for the patterns.
new twist on them and makes them understandable. She goes through starting new colors, carrying yarn,
yarn tails, color stitch patterns (both common and fancy), and striped stitches--all of course in color.
There are projects for the techniques discussed. The one called Mitered Mania Throw is interesting in
that she is dealing with miters along with color techniques. Designing slip stitches in color is another
good section. A readable book. I am looking forward to making the Throw.
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I like the book i am not that far along in my knitting to know if it should get 5 stars.Published 17 months ago by Cheryll Salzberg
I found MANY MANY books with patterns but not one with instructions HOW to
knit with colors
---- this is the best book ---- for some one who is new to colors ( LIKE... Read more
Slip- stitch is my favorite way to change colors in knitting! It is so much easier than changing throughout the row! Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Jill
I am in love with this book. The instructions are written very well and I had no problem following along. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Heather
This is a good basic book for those knitters who want to work with more than one color, but are not comfortable with doing Fair Isle patterns. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Cat-Wm
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